Date: August 24, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Leishman 17th behind Moore

Ryan Moore broke his US PGA tour duck at the Wyndham Championship but not before being taken to a three-way play-off by fellow Americans Kevin Stadler and Jason Bohn. Moore, a former US amateur champion, birdied the third extra hole to see off Stadler after Bohn was eliminated two holes earlier. The trio finished 16-under for the tournament, one ahead of Spain Sergio Garcia, who is sure to be disappointed with his final day round of even-par 70. Marc Leishman was the leading Australian in a share of 17th place at 10-under, while Nick O&aposHern and Greg Chalmers were two shots further back at eight-under-par. Moore was loose on the back nine but could still have made it a four-way shootout had his bunker shot at the 18th not held up at the edge of the hole. Moore signed for a 65 in his fourth round, while Bohn shot a superb 62 to join him on a total of 264. Chris Riley endured a disappointing day having started the day atop the leaderboard alongside Garcia, carding a four-over 74 and winding up five shots off the pace. Meanwhile, history repeated itself in extraordinary fashion as England&aposs Simon Dyson won the European Tour&aposs KLM Open in the Netherlands for the second time in four years. Just as he did on the same Kennemer course in 2006, Dyson sank an 18-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death play-off. Last time it was to beat Australian Richard Green and this time it was to defeat Dubliner Peter Lawrie and Swede Peter Hedblom. Dyson had been six strokes behind Hedblom with a round to play, but equalled the course record with a dazzling seven-under-par 63 for a 15-under total of 265 that matched the lowest of the European Tour season. Lawrie led by one at that stage, but bogeyed the 16th and then Hedblom hit the flagstick with his tee shot to the 170-yard 17th and stopped two feet away. After they had both parred the last the trio returned to the final hole, but Hedblom went over the green and bogeyed, while Lawrie was studying a five-foot par putt when Dyson struck. It was the 31-year-old&aposs first title since the same event and it earned him a career-high cheque for more than 257,000 pounds. There was one great difference from three years ago, though. Dyson could not fully celebrate on that occasion because it was the day that Darren Clarke&aposs wife Heather lost her battle with breast cancer. Clarke had been the defending champion this week and very nearly was involved in the play-off as well. Two birdie putts hung on the lip of the hole at the fourth and 18th, but by staying out he finished joint fifth with Welshman Jamie Donaldson one behind another Irishman, Damien McGrane. Aussie Terry Pilkadaris finished outright eighth at 11-under, while compatriot Richard Green was seven-under.